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Newman Mundy Electrical Pty Ltd (NME) has partnered with LAROS Technologies Pty Ltd (LAROS – www.laros.com.au), a Canberra-based expert company for commercial low-energy buildings and solar technologies. The NME-LAROS team designs and constructs building-applied (BAPV) as well as building-integrated (BIPV) photovoltaic projects for commercial clients in and around Adelaide.

The team’s current BAPV and BIPV project portfolio comprises several fascinating new commercial-scale PV systems, one of which concerns a novel thermally-broken BIPV façade designed as new building envelope of a western wall, financially supported by South Australia’s Building Innovation Fund (BIF). Please refer to the Fullarton Road case study for further details.


 

Taking a tilt at the solar business

Julian Swallow
June 19, 2012

IN a crowded marketplace, solar entrepreneur Newman Mundy is hoping a new German panel mounting system will prove a hit with SA commercial clients.

Mr Mundy, 24, the owner of Newman Mundy Electrical, is the only South Australian supplier of the Ilzofix Tilt Racking system, a German-designed system that allows solar panels to be mounted on flat roofs without comprising the roof's rigidity or water proofing.

Tested at the industrial aerodynamics institute at Germany's Aachen University, Mr Mundy said the frame-based system, which requires minimal screw or bracket attachments to the roof, also makes fixing solar panels to large factories and commercial premises quicker and cheaper.

"A 10 kilowatt job takes two to three days conven-tionally, but with Ilzofix, two to three guys can put it up in about an hour-and-a-half," he said. It also is designed to grip to the roof in high-wind situations, with air rushing over the top of the panels producing a suction-like effect, he said.

During a 2010 storm in Europe, the Ilzofix solar system coped with wind speeds of up to 230km/h.

Mr Mundy said the system had great potential for use in large-scale solar installations in factories, and is hoping the system will catch on in South Australia.

"It maximises roof space because it just sits up there," he said.

"You don't have to make anything - it's just dropped on to the roof and the wiring is hidden underneath."

Mr Mundy said Ilzofix was a good example of European technology with great potential in Australia.

"I think in Australia at the moment people still seem to be stuck in old ways when it comes to building things," he said. "There are so many better ways to do things."